Human Rights

Life Lines: May 11, 2000

May 11, 2000

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Left to Right: Mahnaz Afkhami, Abena Busia, Ama Ata Aidoo 
Washington DC

WLP in Collaboration with: The African and Middle Eastern Division of The Library of Congress

Participants: Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran), Samar Attar (Syria), Carolyn Forché (USA), and Grace Paley (USA)

Equality Starts in the Family Campaign

Women's Learning Partnership is spearheading a global campaign--Equality Starts in the Family--to reform discriminatory familys laws around the world. These laws limit the freedom of millions of women and girls and perpetuate the violence they experience. 

Examples of discriminatory family laws include those that:

‘24 Hours for Equality in the Family’ – International Women’s Day, March 8th!

February 2, 2018

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Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) is celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2018 with ‘24 Hours for Equality in the Family’ to launch our global advocacy campaign against discriminatory family law. Join activists in time zones around the world by watching our new documentary film, Equality: It’s All in the Family, to raise awareness of discriminatory family laws and pave the way for reform.

WLP Brazil's Letter to Congress: "Do Not Close the Doors to Women"

January 29, 2018

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In response to a wave of regressive sentiment in Brazil's government, Jacqueline Pitanguy, Executive Director of WLP Brazil/CEPIA,  wrote a public letter speaking out against lawmakers pushing for anti-women policies. Pitanguy criticized a number of sexist measures that have been pushed through in recent months, noting in particular the vote on PEC 181/2015 in the House Special Committee, which prohibits abortion even in cases of rape, in cases of a fetus with anencephaly, and in circumstances where the woman's life is at risk.

16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence 2017

November 21, 2017

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From November 25 to December 10, 2017, WLP partners from all over the globe will organize and participate in workshops, film screenings, and events as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Since its inception in 1991, more than 5,000 organizations from over 180 countries have participated. This year's theme, Together We Can End GBV in Education, places a strong emphasis on the human rights framework in order to advocate for institutional and policy change that prevents and addresses GBV in education.



Overturning Article 308: A Profile of Asma Khader and WLP Jordan/SIGI-J

November 17, 2017

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Until a few months ago, rapists in Jordan could escape criminal punishment if they married their victims. This past August, the Jordanian parliament repealed the loophole that permitted this injustice.  The abolishment of the law, known as Article 308 and called the "Marry Your Rapist Law" by human rights activists, is a significant step forward for Asma Khader, the Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J), and the Women's Learning Partnership (WLP), who have been fighting for this day for decades.

WLP Hosts Panel Discussion on Women Countering Climate Change

October 24, 2017

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Women’s Learning Partnership and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) co-hosted a panel discussion at the 2016 United Nations conference on climate change, known as the COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco. The event, titled “Women’s Leadership as Key to Countering the Impact of Climate Change,” drew an audience of over 50 civil society representatives and marked WLP’s first presence in the global dialogues and activism on gender and climate change.

Press Release: Women’s Learning Partnership Premieres New Documentary, 
Equality: It’s All in the Family

October 6, 2017

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WLP Oral History Archive of the Global Women's Movement

WLP's Oral History Archive of the Global Women’s Movement records the narratives of prominent and grassroots women’s rights activists and documents the experiences and eye-witness accounts of individuals who have worked across religions, cultures, and regions to advance the global women’s movement.

WLP Builds “Lifelines” between Art and Activism at Poetry Reading Event During CSW61

March 21, 2017

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On March 17, 2017, Women’s Learning Partnership hosted a parallel event to the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) titled Lifelines: The Poetry of Human Rights. It was held at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City, convening notable women poets to read their original works to an audience of more than 100 people. The women spoke across ethnic, racial, and socio-economic divides on themes of exile, the process of healing, and peacebuilding.

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